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COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Template and Instructions

Word Document | PDF (April 30, 2020)

The completed business preparedness plan is not required to submitted to DLI for approval, but needs to be made available upon request. 

Non-Critical Sector industrial and office-based businesses that are non-customer facing are allowed to reopen as long as they have created a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

Businesses that were included on the Critical Sector list and already open prior to April 27 are not required to create a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

Checklist guidelines for creating a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan – Word document | PDF (April 30, 2020)

For Businesses: Safely Returning to Work

Effective May 4, 2020:

  • Customer-facing retail businesses that sell goods are permitted to engage in curbside or outside pick-up and delivery as long as they:
    • Do not permit customers to enter the business premises.
    • Have created a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that follows MDH and CDC guidelines and meets OSHA standards.
    • Are following the health and safety protocols outlined in EO 20-48, including conducting health screenings of workers

Effective April 27, 2020:

  • Non-Critical Sector industrial and office-based businesses that are non-customer facing are allowed to reopen as long as they:
    • Have created a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that follows MDH and CDC guidelines and meets OSHA standards.
    • Are following the health and safety protocols outlined in EO 20-40, including conducting health screenings of workers.
    • Continue to encourage teleworking as much as possible. Employees who can work from home should continue doing so.
  • Businesses that were included on the Critical Sector list and already open prior to April 27 are also required to comply with all CDC and OSHA guidance to ensure the health and safety of their workers, but are not required to create a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

EO 20-40 will allow roughly 80,000 – 100,000 workers in Minnesota to begin safely returning to work.

All workers who are able to work from home should continue to do so.

NOTE: You are not required to carry any paperwork when you are traveling to and from your place of employment, or anywhere else. All Minnesotans are urged to voluntarily comply with the Stay at Home order.

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